BIO:Moses Aleksandrovich Feigin  1904-2008

1904                          Born in Warsaw.Young Feigin

1914-1917                Studies in 13th Moscow School.

1917-1920               Studies in 117th School, 2nd level.

1921-1928               Fine art and studio studies at VHUTEMAS  (VHUTEIN).

                                   Studied under I.I.Mashkov (1867-1945) and A.A.Osmerkin (1892-1953) and 

                                   drawing under S.Gerasimov (1885-1964).Young Feigin in studio

1926                          Becomes a member of “Bytiye” (transl. Genesis) art group (1923-1929).

                                   Took part in an exhibition of “Bytiye” artists.

1927                          Graduated from the Moscow State Higher Arts and Technical Studios under

                                    I. Mashkov and A. Osmerkin.

1928-1929               Joined the “OMX” (Organization of Moscow Artists)

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                                    group and participated in  “OMX”  group exhibiltions.

                                   Took part in “Children in Art” exhibition with a group of Moscow artists

                                   in the USA (New York).

                                   Served in the Red Army, cavalry.

                                   Married Elizovena Lvovna Bondareva (1912-1969).

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Fegin (right) pictured with his teacher, Osmerkin, an artistic giant of the early 20th century

                                   Repeatedly took part in Moscow Soviet Republican and All-Union exhibitions.

1931                          Son Gregory born.

                                   Took part in the State Tretyakov Gallery exhibition,

                                  “14 Years of Soviet  Vlast” (transl. power) in Moscow.

1932                         Joined “MOCX” (Moscow Union of Artists) group.

                                   Feigin’s parents emigrated to France, never to return to Russia.

1934                         Personal exhibition in the club factory “Rot-Front” and  “VSEKOHUDOZNIK.”

1938                         Exhibition with “VSEKOHUDOZNIK” as an artist contractor.Feigin in studio1058

1940                         Daughter Anna born.

1942                         Volunteered to serve with Soviets forces during World War II.

1942-1945               Served in the Soviet Army with a Reserve Regiment.

1964                          Has an independent studio with V. Fedorov (1918-1985) in Moscow.

1978                          Joint exhibition between “M. Feigin and V. Fedorov”in Vavilov Street Exhibition Hall, Moscow.

1990                          Solo exhibition in London, UK.Feigin photo059

1994                          Solo exhibition in Central House of Artists, Moscow.

1995                          Solo exhibitioin  in the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.

2000                          Exhibition with artist Fedorov in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow.

                                   “M.Feigin–95 Year Anniversary Exhibition,” The State Tretyakov     Gallery, Moscow.                                              

2003                         “Moses Feigin –100 years Anniversary” solo exhibition,

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Feigin’s Studio in Moscow, Vavilov St.

2005                          Yakov Nazarov directs and produces a film for TV (Culture channel),

                                   “Rovestnik Veka,” documenting 100 years of Feigin’s art.

2007                            Exhibition “A Feat of 103 Years of Artistic Achievement –

                                     Moses Feigin,” Listed in The Guiness Book of Records

                                     as the oldest  working professional artist.

                                     Central House of Artists, Moscow

2008                            Died on April 26 in Moscow.

Since 1927, Feigin’s work was included in numerous exhibitions of Soviet paintings abroad.  His work was shown in Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Great Britian, Bulgaria, Hungary, West Germany and the USA.  Some of the better known exhibitions of Soviet paintings occurring after 1989 were:  “Moscow-Sofia,” Moscow and Sofia; “Moscow-Washington,” Moscow and Washington; “Moscow-London,” Moscow and London; and Moscow-Norway,” Moscow and Norway.

World’s Oldest Artist Dies in Russia at 104, “Kommersant” reports

By Paul Abelsky

May 4, 2008 (Bloomberg) — Moisei Feigin, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest active professional artist, died in Moscow on April 26 at the age of 104, Kommersant reported. Feigin, the last surviving participant of the Jack of Diamonds avant-garde art group in the early 20th century, entered the Guinness Book after an exhibition last year of paintings he completed after his centennial birthday, the Moscow-based newspaper said today without citing anyone.

“Kommersant” newspaper, 5/4/08 

Anna Tolstova, Obituary (English translation)

In Moscow, 104, died painter Moses Feigin, the last member of the legendary avant-garde group “Jack of Diamonds.” In the spring of 2007 in the Central House of Artists, Moscow was an exhibition “103 years of artistic feat Moses Feigin”: picture shown then he wrote after his 100th birthday, but violinists, acrobats and other comedians involved in a worldwide masquerade, they started doing acrobatics tricks in a daring expressionist spirit that immediately think of her reckless libertines avant-garde of the 1920s. This creative longevity impressed even the drafters of the Guinness World Records: after that, as it turned out, his last exhibition Moses Feigin was listed in its database as the oldest working professional artist.

Moses Feigin in the new millennium impression of a man who had just from 1920. In an interview he said that Kazimir Malevich and Pavel Filonov – geniuses, and Vasily Kandinsky – so corny decorator that the Russian avant-garde avant-garde than “fat “bourgeois Europe, and it seemed as if this fiery monologue pronounced in some VHUTEMAS workshop for glass of boiling water and a loaf of bread as a revolutionary – petrov- vodkin miseenscenes.

In the 1920s, he studied at the VHUTEMAS’s true: Petr Konchalovsky, Ilya Mashkov, Aristarchus Lentulov and most revered Alexander Osmerkin and Lyubov Popova – Feigin prevailed among teachers and members of the exponent “Jack of Diamonds”, so that he soon became the last member of the first Russian avant-garde artists association (or rather, the legal successor of “Jack of Diamonds” – the Society of Moscow Artists). From Osmerkin been vaccinated Cezannism from Popova – a passion for abstraction and the search for a new language, but from the general atmosphere of the 1920s brought the conviction that “art is growing in the struggle” and the avant-garde – a position not only artistic but also moral.

Like many who are in the Soviet binding VHUTEMAS, Moses Feigin had to lead a double life: one for himself, “the table,” write postsezannistskie aerial landscapes, gloomy abstraction, surreal scenes with carnivals and evangelical motives for earnings – portraits of the leaders. This careless he treated with irony. He recalled how a four-canvas with a head of Stalin for a house on the waterfront Tinkers daub almost blind: the entire canvas spread on the ground, you could see, only rising to the 29th floor was still unfinished high-rises, and with no lift on a top bunk does not run over. However, in special cases, this forced cynicism gave way to heroism: he is the only Osmerkinskih students appeared for public defamation of a teacher in the Central House of Artists, to openly support him – this act of Moses Feigin to the end regarded as one of the most important of his creative achievements.